PHILADELPHIA — The Celtics are entering the first game of a back-to-back series with the 76ers in a place they haven’t played well of late. The Celtics are 2-1 since Doc Rivers called his team soft but that will be tested against physical and athletic Philadelphia. With Rajon Rondo back, the Celtics have a full lineup available.
BOSTON CELTICS (9-7)
PG Rajon Rondo
SG Jason Terry
SF Paul Pierce
PF Brandon Bass
C Kevin Garnett
PHILADELPHIA 76ers (10-8)
PG Jrue Holiday
SG Jason Richardson
SF Evan Turner
PF Thaddeus Young
C Lavoy Allen
Officials: Tony Brothers, Eric Lewis, Curtis Blair
Game time: 7 p.m.
TV/Radio: Comcast Sportsnet, ESPN / WEEI
• The 76ers will be without Nick Young, who scored 10 points in 18 minutes against the Celtics in the previous meeting, with a hyperextended left big toe. Royal Ivey (groin strain) was also out while Kwame Brown (stomach virus) is a game-time decision. The 76ers are also without Andrew Bynum, who has yet to appear in a 76ers game.
• Leandro Barbosa and Jared Sullinger, both of whom had been battling the flu, were declared healthy and are available Friday.
• Doc Rivers said Avery Bradley, who is traveling with the team, is a “ways away” from returning so he has not put a lot of thought into the impact of his return.
• The two teams meet again Saturday night at TD Garden.